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Organizational Crisis Management

Online Graduate Certificate in Organizational Crisis Management

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About This Program

American Military University’s (AMU) online graduate certificate in organizational crisis management prepares leaders for the vital role they play in crisis situations.

AMU’s organizational crisis management certificate differs from disaster or emergency management training. This program is specifically designed for organizational leaders and uses the Crisis Management Model as its foundation.

Crisis comes in many forms—from environmental disasters to health emergencies to data breaches. The curriculum covers the communication, strategies, and continuity planning that are essential in times of crisis. Coursework includes:

  • Risk management
  • Crisis management processes
  • Leadership roles in times of crisis

What You Will Do

  1. Establish crisis management communication protocols
  2. Recommend organizational crisis planning strategies
  3. Evaluate continuity planning processes
  4. Explain how poor crisis planning impacts the organization
  5. Describe the role of leadership in organizational crisis management
  6. Identify strategies for leading change in organizations

Program at a Glance

Number of Credits
Cost Per Credit
$370 | $250*
Courses Start Monthly

Program Requirements Printable Catalog Version

Must take all courses for this section.

Course ID: 2684

This course examines the variables involved in crisis planning, communication, and management. To do so, we must consider the organization's vulnerabilities, the environment in which it thrives, the stakeholders who can influence its operation and the strategies best suited to maintaining or enhancing its reputation. The media plays a crucial role in crisis management, and we will discuss this factor throughout the course. We will consider how the media acts as a catalyst as well as an intermediary in this process. Some of the questions that will arise will be: Is the relationship inherently antagonistic? Should it be? By the conclusion of the course, participants should have developed a deeper understanding of the range of crises facing organizations, an enhanced appreciation of communication tactics that can be brought to bear in such situations and a greater familiarity with the historical antecedents of current crises.
Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
04/26/22 - 09/30/22 10/03/22 - 11/27/22 Fall 2022 Session B 8 Week session
05/21/22 - 11/04/22 11/07/22 - 01/01/23 Fall 2022 Session I 8 Week session
06/28/22 - 12/02/22 12/05/22 - 01/29/23 Fall 2022 Session D 8 Week session
07/25/22 - 12/30/22 01/02/23 - 02/26/23 Winter 2023 Session B 8 Week session
08/29/22 - 02/03/23 02/06/23 - 04/02/23 Winter 2023 Session I 8 Week session
09/26/22 - 03/03/23 03/06/23 - 04/30/23 Winter 2023 Session D 8 Week session

Course ID: 5269

This course will examine leadership’s role in a time of crisis. The student will learn effective decision-making strategies and reaction strategies leaders should employ during crisis situations. The student will differentiate the types of leadership models to engage in an emergency environment. This course delivers examples on how to adapt to unique situations as well as prioritize procedures during these situations. The areas of contingency planning and disaster preparedness are also covered.
Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
04/26/22 - 09/30/22 10/03/22 - 11/27/22 Fall 2022 Session B 8 Week session
07/25/22 - 12/30/22 01/02/23 - 02/26/23 Winter 2023 Session B 8 Week session

Course ID: 5270

This course examines risk management as one of the key responsibilities of leaders. Students will learn to define risk management, best practices for measuring risk and threat assessments to guide organizational response. The course will look at leadership’s role in developing strategies to strengthen approaches to external and internal risk.
Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
04/26/22 - 09/30/22 10/03/22 - 11/27/22 Fall 2022 Session B 8 Week session
07/25/22 - 12/30/22 01/02/23 - 02/26/23 Winter 2023 Session B 8 Week session

Course ID: 5271

This course explores the critical concepts and processes found in crisis management. The student will be able to illustrate the components required in evaluating and developing plans for crises and disasters at the organization and community level. Techniques for organizational planning with consideration of comprehensive emergency management regulatory requirements for crisis response planning will be covered. Students will create a crisis management plan as their final project.
Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
07/25/22 - 12/30/22 01/02/23 - 02/26/23 Winter 2023 Session B 8 Week session

Courses Start Monthly

Next Courses Start Nov 7
Register by Nov 4

Admission Requirements

  • All AMU master's degree/graduate certificate programs require a bachelor’s degree (or higher) from an institution whose accreditation is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).
  • Please read all graduate admission requirements before applying to this program and be prepared to submit the required documentation.
  • There is no fee to complete the AMU admission application. View steps to apply.

Materials Cost

Technology fee: $65 per course | $0 for active-duty military, National Guard members, and Reservists.

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1Alumni Graduated with No APUS-incurred Student Loan Debt As of December 31, 2021

Includes alumni who graduated with an associate, bachelor's, or master's degree from APUS. Student loan debt is defined as student loans and private education loans used for tuition, fees, living expenses, and book costs associated with courses taken at APUS. Many APUS students receive military tuition assistance and veterans education benefits, which are not student loan debt.

*Cost Per Credit Hour

To minimize out-of-pocket costs, U.S. active-duty servicemembers, their spouse/dependents, National Guard members, and Reservists receive a tuition grant that caps undergraduate, master's degree, and graduate certificate tuition at $250/credit hour. In addition, a university book grant provides no-cost textbooks and ebooks for all undergraduates and military-tuition-grant-eligible master’s-level students.
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